What is the Difference Between “Further” and “Farther”?

Educated English speakers and writers argue that there’s a difference between further and farther so they must not be interchanged.

Further refers to degree, quantity, time, or other qualities that are not measured precisely while farther refers to measurable distance. Examine below sentences:

  • INCORRECT: Further I could not move her, for the bridge was too low to let me do more than crawl below it.
  • CORRECT: Farther I could not move her, for the bridge was too low to let me do more than crawl below it.
  • INCORRECT: Please regard me as your captain until farther notice.
  • CORRECT: Please regard me as your captain until further notice.

Consider more examples of using farther and further correctly:

  • He saw the needlessness of further questions upon seeing my unaffected face.
  • Each had enough decorum to suspend further hostilities.
  • She put no further restraint on her tears; her breath was stifled by sobs.
  • Forty paces farther we came to the edge of the wood and saw the tallest tree in front of us.
  • Soon cool draughts of air began to reach me, and a few steps farther I came into the open borders of the grove.
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